Most Improved Player: Ryan Anderson

5/4/12 in NBA   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

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The 2011-2012 Most Improved Player is Ryan Anderson.  He is the 5th Orlando Magic to receive the prestigious award, along with Scott Skiles, Darrell Armstrong, Tracy McGrady, and Hedo Turkoglu. 

The three point shooting specialist came out blazing this year with career highs in points (16.1) and rebounds (7.7); an increase from his 10.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg the previous year.

While Anderson's performance has been less than stellar in the playoffs this year, he has proved to be the perfect compliment on the floor when Dwight Howard is playing.  His ability to stretch the floor when a big man draws the double team is a valuable skill set that will only elongate the longevity of his career.
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5/4/12   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

Yeah, I definitely think that Durant and Bynum have improved, but I think the voters got it right this time. 1) Ryan Anderson 2) Ersan Ilyasova 3) Nikola Pekovic

5/4/12   |   ArgunUlgen   |   10 respect

ArgunUlgen wrote:
I'd say that Andrew Bynum and Kevin Durant, who will go on to win their own All-NBA accolades, made more significant improvements in their games than Ryan Anderson.  Otherwise, the award, which is supposed to recognize a borderline all-star who's abilities were once held in doubt, couldn't have gone to a more fitting candidate than Ryan Anderson.

True, but what struck me about Durant is that as good as he was last year, he actually did become much better in 2012. It's not only his defense and rebounding, it's his shot selection and ability to score even faster and more efficiently than in '11. If you think about it, how many ppg would Durant score if he had a true point guard on his team?

5/4/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

ArgunUlgen wrote:
I'd say that Andrew Bynum and Kevin Durant, who will go on to win their own All-NBA accolades, made more significant improvements in their games than Ryan Anderson.  Otherwise, the award, which is supposed to recognize a borderline all-star who's abilities were once held in doubt, couldn't have gone to a more fitting candidate than Ryan Anderson.

The thing about Durant is that he was already so damn good so it was hard to be much better. And in the case of Bynum my thought is that his biggest improvement came from him just staying healthy. 

5/4/12   |   ArgunUlgen   |   10 respect

I'd say that Andrew Bynum and Kevin Durant, who will go on to win their own All-NBA accolades, made more significant improvements in their games than Ryan Anderson.  Otherwise, the award, which is supposed to recognize a borderline all-star who's abilities were once held in doubt, couldn't have gone to a more fitting candidate than Ryan Anderson.